How do I create a website/blog for this?
I'm looking to start a small website or blog listing local weekly specials on dining, drinking, nightlife, and student discounts. I don't have experience in maintaining anything online besides my Facebook.
Where should I go online for a FREE service that best would fit my needs and be somewhat easy to use?
Also, how do I set up my site to begin making money? Not sure how sites make profit, I'm guessing I would need ads/sponsors?
Thanks for your help!
- keeLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
If you want to create a web site or blog (which is a type of web site) based on a FREE platform, then you'll likely have to deal with ads or various restrictions. Also, blogs can be featured in social-networking services. Social-networking sites - such as Facebook - have extended functions (like chatting, quizzing, and etc.) and are focused on connecting with other profiles. So, here are some services to check out and usually they have basic instructions on the front page or via their "Help" pages. Initially, you just need to create an online free account by registering with one of the services. Check to see what their policy is regarding profiting off the web site or blog. Then, you can figure out design and programming elements from there:
FREE SITE CREATION SERVICES:
Google Pages (http://sites.google.com/ ), Yola (http://www.yola.com/ ), Jimdo (http://www.jimdo.com/ ), Wetpaint (http://www.wetpaint.com/ ), Angelfire (http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/ ), Tripod (http://www.tripod.lycos.com/ ), and a list of services from FreeSite.com (http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Web_Space/ ).
FREE DEVELOPER-HOSTED BLOG SERVICES:
Blogger/Blogspot (http://blogger.com/ ), Wordpress (http://wordpress.com/ ), Livejournal (http://livejournal.com/ ), Vox (http://vox.com/ ), Typepad (http://typepad.com/ ), Travelpod (http://www.travelpod.com/ ), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/ ).
FREE SOCIAL-NETWORKING SERVICES WITH A BLOG FEATURE:
MySpace (http://myspace.com/ ), Multiply (http://multiply.com/ ), Xanga (http://xanga.com/ ), Windows Live Spaces (http://spaces.live.com/ ), Ning (http://ning.com/ ). Bebo (http://www.bebo.com/ ) and Gaia (http://www.gaiaonline.com/ ) are sites geared toward teenagers.
You also may want to check out http://blog-services-review.toptenreviews.com/ and http://social-networking-websites-review.toptenrev... , which provides a listing of top services and features (excluding Yahoo! 360 from the blog list).
If you're going to use the site for business, it's probably best if you develop a marketing and profit plan first. Basically, construct a e-commerce business model. See details here: http://digitalenterprise.org/models/models.html , http://www.inc.com/articles/2000/06/20003.html , and http://www.ehow.com/how_2064971_create-ecommerce-p... . If you decide to go with a mostly blog format, see http://problogger.net/ for a wealth of information on not only starting a blog, but also how to make money while blogging. Here are a couple articles from that site: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/14/blog... and http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/12/06/how-... .
- Anonymous5 years ago
The best place would be to start with wysiwyg sites. Something like Yola, Wordpress etc. It is loads of fun to do websites and you get to update it yourself. Good luck
- 1 decade ago
Get started at Webs.com.